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“Addicted to Love” is one of the most iconic songs by British rock singer Robert Palmer. Released in January 1986, the song became a major hit and is best known for its catchy riff and memorable music video. It was the third single from Palmer’s eighth studio album “Riptide.”

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“Addicted to Love” was written by Robert Palmer. The song initially was intended to be a duet with Chaka Khan, but due to contractual issues, Khan’s vocals were removed, and Palmer recorded it as a solo track. The song was produced by Bernard Edwards, the bassist of the band Chic, who also produced the “Riptide” album.

The lyrics of “Addicted to Love” describe the overwhelming and consuming nature of a romantic obsession. Palmer sings about a love so powerful that it feels like an addiction, with lines such as, “Your lights are on, but you’re not home / Your mind is not your own.” The chorus, “Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love,” captures the essence of being irresistibly drawn to someone despite the consequences. “Addicted to Love” is characterized by its driving rock rhythm, powerful guitar riffs, and Palmer’s gritty vocal delivery. The song features prominent use of electric guitar, especially in the memorable opening riff played by Eddie Martinez. The production includes strong drum beats and a bassline that gives the song its propulsive energy. The overall sound is a blend of rock and pop, making it accessible and appealing to a broad audience.

The song was a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, where it remained for two weeks, and in Australia. It also reached the top 5 in several other countries, including Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. “Addicted to Love” was one of Palmer’s most successful singles and played a significant role in boosting the popularity of the “Riptide” album.

The music video for “Addicted to Love,” directed by British photographer Terence Donovan, became iconic for its striking visual style. The video features Palmer performing with a “band” of identically dressed female models playing instruments. The models are dressed in black mini-dresses, heavy makeup, and their hair slicked back, creating a distinctive and memorable image. The five models in the video are Julie Pankhurst (keyboard), Patty Kelly (guitar), Mak Gilchrist (bass guitar), Julia Bolino (guitar), and Kathy Davies (drums).

“Addicted to Love” has been covered and referenced by numerous artists over the years. Tina Turner famously covered the song on her 1988 album “Live in Europe,” bringing her own powerful vocal style to the track. The song has also been featured in several films, television shows, and commercials, further cementing its place in popular culture.

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